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Originally Posted by vfrank
We bought a Camry Hybrid from Rickey Hirose at Dublin Toyota this week and highly recommend working with him. He gave us a great price and the car is everything I could have wished for. We also bought a Toyota Prius from him in 2006 and he also gave us a very fair price and was good about following up afterwards to make sure we were happy with the car. He's very knowledgeable about the features of the hybrids and is eager to show you how to use them. They only issue with the dealership, like pretty much all dealerships, is that they do the hard sell on the extended warranty. Rickey doesn't handle that part, but if want the warranty at a more reasonable price just check on priusonline before you go to the dealership so that you have a good sense of what is a reasonable price to pay. I forgot to do that and spent an extra half hour with the warranty guy trying to convince me that we really really needed the warranty, or the gap insurance, or their prepaid service plan. But I love the car and I definitely recommend working with Rickey.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
We are getting ready to buy a Tundra, but we hear rumors that a 3/4 ton model is coming in 2009. Have you heard anything about it?
> I hear that the Diesel model on the way.
We currently have an old Chevy 3/4 ton crew cab pickup, with a 454 V8, that we use to tow a 27 foot cabin cruiser (weight, about 10,000 pounds) to a local lake about 30 miles one-way once or twice a year, and to Lake Powell every couple of years (about 350 miles, one-way). And, we tow a 19 foot Airstream (about 5,500 pounds) several thousand miles a year on roadtrips.
> I believe that the Tundra with 5.7 litres V8 can tow upto 10.600 lbs
We are concerned that the Tundra is only a 1/2 ton truck. It has plenty of power, and the tongue weight on both of the trailers is only a couple of hundred pounds (less than 350-400), which is well below the Tundra's weight limit. However, it has 5-bolt wheels, instead of the 8-bolt wheels on the Chevy. And, it rides like a car, instead of like a pickup. This is great as an SUV, but we are concerned that it might not be "heavy" enough (suspension, chassis, etc.) to handle the trailers.
>Actually, the Tundras 5.7 litre motor can haul payloads of up to 1755 lbs
>1 tonnes= 2200 lbs? then 3/4 tonnes will be 1650 lbs. Thus no problem.
>Toyota says, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 numerical is not based on actual pay=load but
just the trend.. Tundrs V8 with 5.7 V8 can haul more than 3/4 tonne.
>5 bolts vs 8 bolts hub securing is just Enginnering difference. The GM's uses
very thin bolts vs Toyota's a real big bolts, thus 5 bolts will do,therefore I wouldn't worry much about the difference.
Have you heard anything from people who tow heavy stuff regularly? Any problems or regrets regarding buying a 1/2 ton versus a 3/4 ton.
>No, actually I have people telling me that the Tundras with 381 hp and 401 lbs of torque
can do much better than the F350 heavy duty.
I really wish the dealer would let us hook up our boat and tow it around the block, but I understand the liability issues. I just don't want to make a big monetary mistake that we will be stuck with for years to come.
> I can let anyone take my Tundras to their house and "hook them up" for trial. No liability here.
I would appreciate any advice you can offer. Also, where are you located? Not sure if you might be interested in selling a Tundra out-of-state...
>I ship, not only the Toyota Hybrids but regular ICE vehicles all over the US/Canada as well.
Please let me know if I can be of help to you. Prius forum members deserves the best
attention and deals as well. _Guaranteed_
To other board members, sorry for cluttering this hybrid site with pickup truck chatter.
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